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What are Rabies Vaccine Allergies?

Rabies vaccinations are something that almost every dog receives in their yearly trip to the veterinarian, and sometimes every 3 years for the longer lasting vaccine. These vaccines are meant to prevent the horrible, and incurable disease that plagues wildlife and unfortunately spreads to domestic animals such as cats and dogs. As with many things that are meant to help, they sometimes have side effects. Your dog can react to anything that enters their body that their immune system deems unsafe, but when it comes to vaccines many times veterinarians must work past the allergy to prevent a disease.

An allergic reaction to the rabies vaccine is your dog’s immune system having a hypersensitive response to the vaccine itself. Symptoms can range from skin rash to diarrhea, and in very rare cases acute kidney failure.

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Symptoms of Rabies Vaccine Allergies in Dogs

Your dog’s symptoms may not always be the same as what other dogs may experience. If you suspect your dog is having an allergic reaction to a vaccine, contact your veterinarian. Symptoms may or may not include the following:

  • Discomfort and swelling at the site of injection 
  • Mild fever
  • Lack of appetite
  • Decrease in activity or desire to play
  • Swelling of face, eyes, and ears 

It is important to note that swelling at the injection site is common and may last up to a week after shot is received, though it should still be reported to the clinic. If the site begins to appear infected or an abscess forms, your pet should be seen by your veterinarian. If a tumor grows at site of injection, report it to the veterinarian.

Rare and more serious symptoms may occur within a few minutes, hours or days of the vaccination. If any of the following symptoms develop, seek veterinary attention immediately. 

  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Hives or itchy skin 
  • Collapse 
  • Respiratory distress

Types

Hypersensitivity, or allergic reaction, could be a result of the vaccine antigen or other minerals and proteins found in the vaccine. BSA (otherwise known as Fraction V or Bovine Serum Albumen) and Fibronectin are proteins usually derived from cows that are used in vaccines and have been known to have antibody reactions from dogs. 

  • Type 1 - Acute anaphylaxis: angioedema (large welts), anaphylaxis or shock, and death
  • Type 2 - Cytotoxic reactions of the Type 2 variety can be the cause of several different diseases in dogs such as blood clotting issues, muscle and skin disorders, and anemia
  • Type 3 - Cutaneous ischemic vasculopathy which has been associated with the rabies vaccine can occur at the site of injection or another, more distant location such as the tips of the ears; this is known as the immune complex

Causes of Rabies Vaccine Allergies in Dogs

Your dog’s body has a wonderful defense system to keep it safe from the many things that could make him sick, this is called the immune system. The immune system attacks anything that enters your dog’s system that it feels will cause it harm to the body, sending antibodies to attack the foreign substance. Unfortunately, sometimes it will attack things that are actually meant to help, such as vaccines. This is the same process that causes some dogs to react to seasonal allergens such as pollen. There are many things that can cause an allergic reaction in your dog; here is a brief list of some allergens your pet could develop or currently have: 

  • Bee stings
  • Vaccines
  • Protein sources (i.e. chicken and/or beef) 
  • Pollen (seasonal)

Diagnosis of Rabies Vaccine Allergies in Dogs

Most symptoms of an allergic reaction are easily diagnosed just through visual signs and symptoms. Many veterinarians warn clients of common reactions to vaccines that many pets have that are not cause for alarm such as lethargy, lack of appetite (only for 1 or 2 meals), pain at injection site, lack of desire to run and walk, and even sometimes a mild fever. These sometimes may last 2-3 days after the vaccines are given, however an allergic reaction to a vaccine may show before you even leave the clinic. Facial swelling or swelling of the ears will many times be a red flag and will cause your veterinary caregiver to take a second look. If symptoms occur a day or so later then your veterinarian may explore other options by testing with bloodwork to confirm that it isn’t something more serious, especially if your dog has had one or more severe symptoms.

Treatment of Rabies Vaccine Allergies in Dogs

If your canine immediately shows symptoms after the injection is given your veterinarian will, in many cases, inject either an antihistamine, corticosteroids, or epinephrine to calm the side effects. What your veterinarian chooses will be based on the severity of side effects. Your pet may also require IV fluids and oxygen, and if necessary ventilation and endotracheal intubation may be performed. In less urgent cases dexamethasone or diphenhydramine are given. When in the late stages of reaction to the substance, oral corticosteroids or antihistamines are usually prescribed for 2-3 days. 

Monitor your dog for the next week after reaction occurs for previous symptoms such as hives or vomiting and diarrhea to arise again. If symptoms return contact your veterinarian.

Recovery of Rabies Vaccine Allergies in Dogs

If your dog should have an allergic reaction to any medication or vaccine, always alert your veterinarian and ask that a note be made in their file. Your dog may have to be dosed with an antihistamine or an anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) prior to vaccinations for the rest of his life to prevent reactions to the vaccine itself. For the safety of yours and other animals, rabies shots are required at the minimum for dogs in most states. It is rare that states give an exemption to the rabies vaccination by the authority of your veterinarian. Though in some states it is allowed if a veterinarian determines that, for health reasons, the dog should no longer receive said vaccine until the patient is deemed healthy enough to receive the vaccination again.  The veterinarian may also request that your pet stay in the office up to 30 minutes after your appointment has finished to monitor your dog’s reaction to the vaccination. 

In some cases, your veterinarian may choose to continue using the same vaccine type, but from a different manufacturer, though it should be noted that the same proteins that caused a reaction in one vaccine may very well be present in another and so changing the manufacturer does not guarantee that your pet will not have a reaction. Depending on the severity of the reaction, once medication is given, your pet may improve within 15-30 minutes.

Rabies Vaccine Allergies Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Harley
Miniature Schnauzer
4 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Not able to control urinating

Harley received her rabies shot and soon after vomited after drinking. We brought her back to the vet and has urinated several times once while I was holding her. She received two shots,one being benedryl. She has come home and seems a little out of it and has urinated 2x while sleeping in her bed. The vet said this is a side effect. She advised no food or water for the night.Is this something I should be concerned with

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Adverse reactions to rabies vaccines are not uncommon, but it is still the lesser of two evils in the grand scheme of things. Many different symptoms may present over week after vaccination which may include fever, vomiting, diarrhoea among other symptoms. Monitor Harley and check for improvement for the weekend; if more severe symptoms present including swelling, respiratory difficulty or anything else visit an Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Indi
Rat Terrier
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hard outside soft center, pos absce

It’s been almost three weeks and we have a lump about th size of a quarter. Sometimes smaller sometimes bigger. She also has bad reactions to all her other shots as well. Swelling that lasts forever.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Indi, or knowing more about her, i'm not sure what might be going on with her. It would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian, as they can look at her, determine what might be going on, and how best to treat her. i hope that all goes well with her.

So what am I sapost to do he can even get up to go to the bathroom he got the shot yesterday around 930am

Heading to Vet tomorrow

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Olive
Dachshund
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My 9# dachshund got her rabies shot Sunday morning. (Two days ago). We took about an hour long walk afterwards and spent the rest of the day at home. By the evening she was walking very slowly and generally lethargic. She’s still eating all meals and drinking water. Over the past day or so she’s almost refusing to walk. I can’t find any painful spots, even the injection site. This morning her body began shuddering with each breath, although no wheezing or coughing.
Are these semi-typical reactions? Will they fade over a few days or is a trip to the vet in order?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Rabies vaccines can cause a short term flu-like reaction, and since her behavior is so close to her Rabies vaccine, that is possible. It would be a good idea to have her rechecked by your veterinarian, as there may be a short term pain medication that she would benefit from, or there may be more going on, and your veterinarian can examine her and make sure that everything is okay.

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Maddy
Dachshund
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
sleeplessness
severe pain
Lethargy
lack of appetite
Vomiting
Partial paralysis

My 12# Dachshund has had reactions in increasing severity with every Rabies vaccination. The last and most severe reaction following the rabies vaccine included: partial paralysis of her hind quarters (from the injection site back) and crying all night following the vaccine. The vet is adamant that her symptoms are not related to the Rabies vaccine, and insists I get her shot updated. I'm seriously concerned.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Depending on your location, Rabies vaccines may be available that are licensed for three years, so that he can have less frequent vaccines. You can check with your veterinarian to find out what the regulations are where you live. He may benefit from injections of a steroid or an anti-histamine before his vaccines to decrease his reaction to the vaccine. You can talk to your veterianarian about options for him.

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Toby
toy poodle
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted

Hello,
I have a 10 year old toy puddle. A week ago he revived rabies shot and he developed a kind of big swelling where the shot was admistered. He seems to be in pain when I touch him’. What should I do? Is this normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some swelling can be considered ‘normal’ for a period of time after vaccination due to the local inflammatory reaction, however a large swelling should be seen by your Veterinarian to determine if the swelling is to be concerned about or not especially if it isn’t getting any smaller. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Toby
Puddle
10 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

Medication Used

none

My toy puddle has developed a big swelling around the area of the shot. He had the shot a weeks ago and it seems painful when I touch him. What should I do? Is this normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some swelling can be considered ‘normal’ for a period of time after vaccination due to the local inflammatory reaction, however a large swelling should be seen by your Veterinarian to determine if the swelling is to be concerned about or not especially if it isn’t getting any smaller. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snoopy
Shih Tzu
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

We just had my Shih Tzu vaccinated today. He’s vomited a total of 4 times in about 2 hours. We don’t exactly have the money for the vet at this moment. Is there anything I can give him while keeping an eye on him in the mean time? He’s drinking lots of water and still seems to be active.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Snoopy. He sounds like he may be having a vaccine reaction to the Rabies vaccine - your veterinarian should have an after hours number that you can call for events like this, it would be a good idea to call them and let them know that this is happening, as I can't recommend any medication for him without examining him. If he seems to be otherwise healthy and normal, you can heave him examined when your vet opens in the morning, but if he continues to vomit overnight, becomes lethargic, or has a swollen face, he should be seen on emergency tonight to be treated for the reaction.

What can we do at home for these side affects? Ie itching, lethargy, loss of balance

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Abbey
Bernese Mountain Dog
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My 5 month old Bernese Mountain Dog puppy had her first rabies vaccination yesterday and now today she is vomiting, refusing food, which is super unlike her and drooling. Very lethargic, doesn't want to play, just laying around. Should I be alarmed? I left a message at my vet's but he is closed until Tuesday and doesn't have emergency hours. Should I be taking her to an emergency vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some lethargy, loss of appetite, fever and gastrointestinal symptoms may occur due to a rabies vaccination; you should keep a close eye on her but if the reaction gets too severe or you are generally concerned you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian for an examination. In the meantime, make sure she is hydrated and comfortable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks for the info, unfortunately she got worse with bloody diarrhea so I had to take her to the emergency vet 3+ hour drive away. She stayed Saturday and Sunday night at the vets with IV's and medication and I picked her up Monday afternoon. She is better now thank God but I was so worried that I was going to lose her.

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Harley
American Stafforshire Terrier
1.5 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog got a rabbies vaccine a year ago and had ear tip vasculitis. She also had the same symptoms after a lepto vaccine. She now has scars and missing tissue on her ear tips. She is now due for another rabbies vaccine. What should we do to prevent this. Are there any alternatives?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Depending on where you live, rabies is a core vaccine in countries or regions where rabies is endemic; there is no way around this unfortunately and is a necessary evil. Talk to your Veterinarian about different options available including three year vaccination for rabies among others. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oscar
terrier
4 Days
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Oscar terrier Mix got DHPP bordatella and rabies vaccine on Saturday. On Monday I noticed a long red line on his belly then hives on his leg. Today I noticed red marks in one ear and a quater sized dark red mark on his side that looks like bruising on the outside. This is just below his left front leg He is eating fine, happy to walk and otherwise normal and wagging tail. He is snoring more and itchy, licking his paws, stool is not runny but has some red muscus on It. I have had him 3 months after being rescued. Do I need to rush to the Vet or is there something I can do to monitor. Should I be worried? Is it a high chance it was the shots he had to get? Making him break out like this. It also looks like he is loosing his hair a little on his neck and head. He is rubbing his face a lot on the rugs to scratch.
Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It does sound like a reaction to the rabies vaccination; if Oscar is otherwise in good spirits and is eating/drinking/urinating etc… I would keep an eye on him. Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb three times per day may help with the hives and the itching. If you don’t start to see improvement visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mickey
schnauzer
7
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My seven year old schnauzer has had a reaction to the rabies shot every time he gets it. The first time it happened immediately. At age four it happened a week later. At age seven it happened a week later with giving him a benatrial shot and tablets four days after. The dog is very healthy other wise. He is restless, eyes and face swells and is scratching. This happened one week after the shot.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some dogs do have reactions to rabies vaccination, but in some geographical locations it is a necessary evil. Whilst I understand that the reaction can be severe and distressing, it seems that you are in an area which allows rabies vaccination every three years so you only need to put Mickey through this every three years. Knowing that a reaction will happen allows your Veterinarian to take preemptive steps to decrease the severity of a reaction before vaccination; unfortunately there is little else that can be done. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello,
My 2 yr old Rottie had his 3 yr rabies vaccine January of this year, and he came in contact with a raccoon this weekend, who I believe had rabies. My veterinarian wants me to bring him in for a booster, but does he really need, since he just got the 3 year vaccine? I don't like the reaction he had last time, extreme lethargy & confusion, soreness at injection.

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Walker
Border Collie Australian Shepherd
13 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My dog is 13 years old and he had his rabies shot sat and today my dog is having a hard time walking he is drinking his water but not eating do you think this will just pass in a few day?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Keep a close eye on Walker as a loss of appetite may be attributable to many different causes; if you start to notice other symptoms you should return to your Veterinarian for a check up. If he is struggling to walk at all or looks drunk, you should visit your Veterinarian today to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cooper
Wire
3yrs
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My dog had his rabies shot on Sunday he seemed fine yesterday morning he was shaky but that stopped today I came home to find him covered in what I think is hives all over his body and very itchy.. he's acted normal except the hives.. should I just do Benadryl and see if it passes? He's been eating and drinking normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Cooper has no other symptoms it would be advisable to give plain old Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb two to three times per day; if other symptoms develop or you are otherwise concerned, you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chanel
Shih Tzu
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hives
low grade fever
Slow breathing
Sleeping all the time
Not Active
Drinking lots of water

Medication Used

No medications were prescribed

My Chanel has a history of reacting to the Rabbie Vaccine and Bordetella. Knowing her history my vet decided to give her a antihistamine injection before giving her the rabbie injection only and make it a full day observation. After, 8 hrs of observation and doing greatI took her home. Only 30 minutes home her nose and mouth and eyes lids swell up with hives. I had Chlorpheniramine 4mg on hand and gave her one but she still has some swelling, minor itching, and breathing seems normal just congested. She is also drinking a lot of water.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Chanel has severe swelling of her nose and mouth I would highly recommend returning to your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian as the swelling may occlude the respiratory tract. Vaccine reactions may be immediate or may be delayed, keep a close eye on Chanel. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Callic
Yorkie mix/shitzu
3yrs old
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling,lil rapid breathing and loss of energy

My dog had her rabies shot in the past w/o any reactions but today,since she got home i noticed excessive drooling&a lil rapid breathing,not alot of energy..no swelling& I checked her mouth for any obstruction..she also ate fine..should I be
concerned?..is there anythn i can give her to alleviate the symptoms?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Side effects after a rabies vaccine are common and usually last between one and two days; if the rapid breathing continues, you should return to your Veterinarian as there are some more serious side effects which may present after vaccination. For now, keep a close eye on Callic and if you see the symptoms worsen or are concerned, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Penny
Shih Tzu
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

cries

My Shih Tzu had a rabies shot yesterday. She did not want to go on our morning walk. She cries when I pick her up. She is 5 years old 9 lbs. Can this be due to the shot?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Rabies vaccination comes with some possible side effects which include fever, lethargy, loss of appetite among other side effects; this may last for a few days but usually passes. If the lethargy persists past the weekend or gets worse in the meantime, a visit to your Veterinarian would be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bo
Terrier mix chihuahua
Approximately 3yrs
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Lesion
Black round hairless area the size of a half dollar

Our mixed breed ( terrier/chihuahua ) rescue dog, approximately 3 years old, 12 lbs, developed a black area of skin about the size of a dime on his right hip about 4 months after receiving a rabies vaccination in that area. At first the vet didn't think it was related to the rabies shot but because it kept getting larger she did a punch biopsy. That was sent to the local vet school and it came back that it was due to the rabies shot. We were told there was nothing that could be done and that the dog was not in danger from it and that the hair would not grow back. The area is now the size of a 50 cent piece. It doesn't seem to bother him but it concerns us. Should we be concerned.? If so what should we do? Thanks for any advice you can give us.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be best to return to your Veterinarian to observe and note the increase in size of the affected area; I believe that the blackening of the skin and hair loss is due to cutaneous vasculitis which smaller dogs are more prone to over larger dogs. There are some management options which can be found on the second page of the second link below; these should be discussed with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3721967
http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com/cutaneous-vasculitis-dogs-proceedings

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polo
snouzer
11 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

not drinking
Stiffness
Lathargic, Not eating, Heavy Drinking, Urinating.
Shaking

can i give my dog a piece of benadryl due to his reaction from the rabbits vaccine. he got his rabies shot yesterday and now he's very lethargic shaking does urinate not active

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You can give Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb to see if that helps, but if the reaction is severe Polo may need to go back to his Veterinarian as some reactions require more supportive care especially if there is trembling or seizures. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Augustus
Shar pei
4 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None

My puppy had a fever Saturday night around 10:30pm after dehydration, long day, and a bug bite. They gave him fluids and some antihistamine medicine to bring his fever down his fever was normal at 3:00am. He is due for his rabies vaccine this Wednesday. Is it okay for him since he had the other medicane around three days ago

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There should be no problem with the vaccine and the antihistamine, but the most important determining factor on whether Augustus receives his rabies vaccine is his general health status after having a physical examination by his Veterinarian; if your Veterinarian doesn’t believe he is healthy enough for the vaccine (which he should be) they may not vaccinate. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello,
I have a toy poodle and after a week of the rabies vaccination he has developed swelling the size of half of my hand in the area of the shot. He seems to be in a lot of pain when I try to touch him in that area. Is there anything I should do? Is this normal? Please help!

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